GE and Microsoft plan Africa projects, Alstom wins Con Edison contract, Schneider will deploy smart grid in India, UST Global targets patient-centered healthcare. Click to the site for the details.
After twice being in the finals, the city of Toronto was named the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year at last week's Intelligent Community Summit. The city got high marks for demonstrating how to flourish in the new economy and adjust to the changes of the digital era. Get the details.
With water scarcity a huge issue today, the new capabilities give utilities an easy way to monitor real-time consumption and flow analysis from commercial and industrial customers via a public cellular network. Click for more on this plus Itron's new water analytics effort.
Council Chairman Jesse Berst discusses trends and challenges in water infrastructure and how smart water systems can make dramatic improvements to the cost, safety and reliability of urban water supplies in this Q&A with Water Utility Infrastructure Management.
An effort launched this week by the American National Standards Institute wants to get city leaders from the U.S. and abroad to identify standardization priorities for smart and sustainable cities. Get details at the site.
Click for these short takes from Council Partners: Enel plants PV in Chile…Cisco teams with Kansas City …Opower BDR tops 1 million…DNV GL experts help Kenya power up.
BehaviorMatrix, Camgian Microsystems, Imex Systems and Neptune Technology Group join coalition for a smarter, sustainable future.
The World Health Organization studied pollution in 1,600 cities around the world and determined it's getting worse, not better. See which country has 13 of the top 20 dirtiest cities – and how smart technologies can contribute to cleaner air.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield are trying to figure that one out. They've created a calculation model and are using a set of 31 indicators to measure economics, infrastructure and social benefits of mobile connected smart cities. See how 11 cities have measured up so far.
Driven in part by smart city initiatives, a new report from Navigant Research suggests LEDs will be the leading lamp type for outdoor lighting systems in just 10 years – and those systems are going to get smarter too. Is your city ready?
Short takes from Council members: S&C debuts submersible switchgear for power system resiliency… MasterCard exec talks government role in digital-to-cash conversion…Camgian and Vanderbilt develop IoT system for facility management…Zipcar and RideScout partner… ASU Center hosts municipal finance conference… New York's MTA tests vanadium energy storage system.
Bechtel's RFID project wins award... Cisco partners with Amsterdam... MasterCard expands contactless footprint... Microsoft exec talks city mega trends… Click for details.
The city of Memphis set aside its standard planning process in favor of neighborhood-driven projects – projects that have begun to transform several city districts and curb urban sprawl. Click for highlights from a High Ground News piece on what smart cities can learn from Memphis.
India's first smart city gets Microsoft help… Can new Qualcomm technology triple Wi-Fi speeds?... Zipcar helps reduce UK pollution and road congestion… Opower goes public… LADWP shines in social media.
A new smart cities initiative from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers invites global municipalities preparing for an increase in urban residents to apply to receive strategic and practical advice from a team of IEEE experts. Click to see if your city qualifies.
This week's short takes from Council members: National Grid promotes smarter energy in Worcester, MA...Qualcomm helps San Diego tout its smarts...Bechtel project pushes sustainable growth in Manitoba...Norway's smarter tolling system gets boost from IBM...CH2M HILL's work on NYC ultraviolet disinfection facility wins award...ABB's urban substations make good neighbors...Schneider Electric and Opower target energy management for SMBs. Click for details.
This week's roundup has a decidedly international flavor. Click to read what Cisco is doing in Doha, Qatar, what Qualcomm showed off in Barcelona, Spain, Alstom's new center in Dubai, UAE and Microsoft's big win in Sweden. Plus we've got details on DNV GL's new iPad app that speeds delivery of energy efficiency benefits.
S&C "accelerates" smart grid in Chattanooga ... Itron wins big in Pennsylvania ... Alstom teams with CityU of Hong Kong to spark innovation ... MaxWest snags Bay Area Biosolids contract … Last call for the 2014 EcoDistricts Incubator.
Dubai's ruler clearly understands that smartness confers a competitive advantage. But he's also big on "bringing about happiness." Learn how Dubai's ambitious new smart city initiative aims to hit both targets.
Health care providers are rapidly ditching paper-based patient medical records for electronic health records (EHRs). But there’s been a problem: while EHR data fields accept “structured” information like your latest blood pressure reading, a physician’s notes are not so easy to incorporate into a record. Read how SCC Lead Partner IBM has developed a smart solution that addresses this deficiency.
It's a truism that a smart city requires a holistic viewpoint, one that crosses departments and views the city as a whole. But what does that mean in practice? A recent brainstorm with Council Global Lead Partner Microsoft and others provided some answers for San Diego city leaders.
As renewable energy costs decrease and the need to combat climate change increases, cities like Gainesville, Florida are at the forefront of more efficient, more sustainable and more reliable power systems. See who's helping them.
Writing on the EDF Energy Exchange blog, Kate Zerrenner reviews the energy and water chapters of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide.
Two publications highlight Bechtel's role as a Council Lead Partner and the company's participation in the development of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. Click for excerpts from Project magazine and ConstruTech.
Look around the world and you'll see numerous examples of Invensys smart cities solutions – from the London Underground, to railways in China, to smart water and wastewater in Carson City, Nevada. In our Q&A with Invensys product strategist Rob McGreevy, he reveals the "secret sauce" that plays a big role in his company's global success. (Hint: It's about local support.)
The Smart Cities Council announces its newest Global Partner, MasterCard. The partnership signifies a turning point in the development of innovative digital transaction processing platforms for city government, businesses and citizens. Click to read the media announcement.
Everywhere you go, you read advice telling cities to use social media (we say it here at Smart Cities Council all the time). But using social media is one thing. Getting citizens to read it is another. Read about an Ohio town of 10,500 that has 88,000 Facebook "likes" and what that success has meant.
A program designed to develop kids from South L.A. and Watts into a new generation of community and technology leaders is getting high marks, according to VentureBeat. Learn what the URBAN.Txt program is doing right and why it wants to be a model for other cities.
We tip our hat this week to Smart Cities Council Associate Partner Zipcar for their work pioneering a new business model for automobile transportation. We can't discover and test new ways of doing things without the leadership of innovators such as Zipcar, which just announced expanded "wheels when you want them" services in San Diego.
Smart cities want residents to have a library of great applications. Yet no city can afford to hire all the programmers it would take. Increasingly, cities are finding ways to motivate others to build apps for them. New York is using at least two strategies.
The city of Nice, France has teamed with Cisco to launch "Connected Boulevard," which builds on the Internet of Things concept. Boulevard Victor Hugo in the center of Nice is host to the proof-of-concept zone and almost 200 different sensors and detecting devices plus "guest" devices such as mobile phones and tablets used in the streets that get connected onto its wireless mesh network.
Smart city thought leader Gordon Feller proposes three steps cities can take to better harness the power of the cloud. What's interesting is that it's not all about technology. Find out why the hardest parts are about people, process and policy issues.
If there's a single roadblock to smart city progress we hear most often, it's "making the business case." That's why we thought you should see how Smart Growth America has approached that problem.
In a smart mobility collaboration with IBM researchers, the city of Dublin is integrating data from a citywide network of sensors with geospatial data to identify in real-time the optimal traffic-calming measures to reduce congestion.
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